SEU Worship to Release Sixth Album

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LAKELAND, Fla. – SEU Worship, Southeastern University’s student music ministry, will release its sixth album, a full-length live recording project, on Friday, November 2. The album is called Heaven Life.

“I could not be more excited about SEU Worship’s newest album, Heaven Life. SEU Worship is the sound coming out of Southeastern University, reflecting the heart, energy and passion of our community,” said President Kent Ingle.

SEU Worship is a group of staff and students from the university. The songs are written and performed by Southeastern students along with Dan Rivera, campus worship pastor, and David Cook, one of Southeastern’s worship leaders.

“The album Heaven Life is an expression of the youth and joy our students bring to chapels and daily campus life. Every recording project reflects the vibrant worship services students experience in our weekly chapel gatherings,” said Rivera.

“The theme of Heaven Life is an expression of the adventure, surrender, and discovery that takes place in the new frontiers of freedom that our eternal God has called us to belong in,” said Cook.

SEU Worship has more than 160,000 subscribed listeners on Spotify, with four of their songs having more than one million plays.

The album will be released digitally on multiple music streaming platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music, Youtube, Amazon Music and Google Play. For more information on SEU Worship, visit https://www.seu.edu/seuworship/.


About SEU Worship

SEU Worship is the worship ministry of Southeastern University, a Christ-centered institution of higher learning located in Lakeland, Fla. Heaven Life, their most recent album, will be released on November 2nd following the release of their single “The King is Coming.”


Panel of Consuls General Confirmed for International Trade Event

LAKELAND, FL (October 30, 2018) – A panel of Consuls General will discuss effects on international partnerships at a half-day symposium – Polk Goes Global IV – a collaborative event produced by the Central Florida Development Council, the Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce, and the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce on Friday, November 9, 2018 at the Lakeland Linder International Airport.

Consul General of Canada in Miami Susan Harper, Consul General of Mexico in Orlando Juan Sabines, and Consul General and Trade Commissioner of Spain in Miami Inmaculada Gutièrrez will explore tariffs from an international viewpoint and share export experiences.  The discussion will be moderated by Javier Marin, Director of Business Development and Global Trade, at Central Florida Development Council.  A second, more local panel will explore the effects of tariffs on domestic companies and consumers.  Panelists on the second panel include Alice Ancona, Director, International Strategy & Policy, International Trade and Investment Office, at the Florida Chamber; Bill Lane, Executive Director, Trade for America; and Inke Sexton, FTZ/TTB Process Manager, Givaudan Flavors Corporation.  Torrey Chambliss, Manager of Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) #79, at Tampa Port will moderate the discussion.

For this year’s event, there will be two keynote speakers.  The opening key address will be given by Alice Ancona with Global Outreach at the Florida Chamber, and Bill Lane of Trade for America, and former Caterpillar executive, will deliver the closing address.

The event takes place on Friday, November 9, 2018, from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Lakeland Linder International Airport.  Admission is $25 each for members of Central Florida Development Council (CFDC), Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce, and the Manufacturing and Supply Chain Alliance (MSCA), Polk Manufacturing Association Polk County, and FTZ clients.

Registration at www.lakelandchamber.com/events or at https://bit.ly/2ycNqpg (http://business.lakelandchamber.com/events/details/polk-goes-global-iv-international-trade-symposium-10119).

Hon. Susan Harper

The Honorable Susan Harper, Consul General of Canada in Miami, United States




The Honorable Juan Sabines, Consul General, The Consul of Mexico in Orlando


Inmaculada Gutierrez

The Honorable Inmaculada Gutierrez, Consul General, Trade Commissioner of Spain in Mexico



Event Sponsors:

Global Leadership Sponsor:

  • Trade For America

International Sponsors:

  • Jannetides College of Business & Entrepreneurial Leadership at Southeastern University
  • Lakeland Linder International Airport
  • Lanier Upshaw, Inc.
  • Saddle Creek Logistics Services

Intercontinental Sponsor:

  • The Ruthvens


The Central Florida Development Council is Polk County’s economic development partnership responsible for recruiting new businesses to Polk County and helping existing businesses expand.

The Polk Global Trade Alliance (PGTA) aspires to be the prime catalyst for the growth of international trade in Central Florida and to make global initiatives an intrinsic part of Polk County’s broader regional economic development strategy.


The Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce is a dynamic organization focused on improving and preserving Winter Haven’s business climate and quality of life.  Our Vision is advance commerce and community.  Our mission is serving, representing and enhancing business growth.  We have a long history of doing this in Winter Haven, from our founding in 1910 as a Board of Trade and then later our incorporation as a Chamber of Commerce in 1923.  The Chamber of Commerce serves as the hub for all information relating to Winter Haven – both for business and community. If we don’t have the answer, we will strive to connect you with the right people to help you grow your business or expand your network. We have more than 750 businesses with nearly 2,000 designated representatives that represent our member investors. The Chamber is administered by a Board of Directors who set policy and strategic goals.


The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce represents 1,400-member businesses in the Lakeland area and provides opportunities for networking, professional development and advocacy for companies of all sizes. Five-star accredited by the US Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber upholds the following vision and mission statements: Vision Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce will be the premier catalyst for the advancement of Lakeland’s economic growth and enhancement of quality of life– creating Florida’s community of choice. Mission Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce is the leading organization dedicated to creating a climate where business can prosper.

Stein-hoisting competition

Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest Enjoyed by Lakeland Residents

Lakeland residents celebrated Oktoberfest-style in Munn Park downtown at the inaugural Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest on Saturday, September 22.  Attendance for the first-time event was 2,500 – exceeding our estimation.  Our generous sponsors made the event possible – especially Suncoast Credit Union and their team.  They embraced their new community in Lakeland with flair and gusto.  To kick off the event, Community Relations Director Mary W. McDonald took the stage, called for anyone associated with a non-profit to come up to the stage, and then donated $1,000 to a Meals on Wheels representative!

Mary McDonald, Suncoast Credit Union

Mary McDonald, Suncoast Credit Union

Thanks to Bernie Little Distributors and Budweiser, our volunteers sold more than 2,000 beer and cider – Goose Island Oktoberfest beer, Woodchuck Hard Cider, Beck’s, Stella Artois, Bud, Bud Light, and Michelob over four hours.  Delicious, traditional German food was graciously prepared and served by two local Rotary Clubs – Rotary Club of Lakeland Christina and Rotary Club of Lakeland North.  With help from Tony Perry, Master Griller of 92 BBQ at PigFest, and the Interact Club volunteers – the Rotarians served over 750 bratwursts and sauerkraut!

Tony Perry at the smoker

Tony Perry at the smoker

Live music by the Europa Band was a crowd pleaser along with the Outrageous Olympiad competitions – stein-hoisting, mustache competition, the brat(wurst) toss, and the Treasure Hunt.

Winners of the brat toss!

Winners of the brat toss!

Stein-hoisting competition

Stein-hoisting competition

This community-wide event in Munn Park was free to attend and featured a business expo as an opportunity for member-investors to engage directly with the community in a family-friendly setting.


Families enjoying the event

Families enjoying the event

Rotary Club of Lakeland Christina, Rotary Club of Lakeland North, and the Interact Club prepare and serve German food.

Rotary Club of Lakeland Christina, Rotary Club of Lakeland North, and the Interact Club prepare and serve German food.

Fields Auto Group with BMW and Mercedes-Benz on display

Fields Auto Group with BMW and Mercedes-Benz on display

The Europa Band

The Europa Band

Beer Tent by Budweiser

Beer Tent by Budweiser


Winners of Mustache (& Beard) Competition

Winners of Mustache (& Beard) Competition

Beautiful downtown Lakeland

Beautiful downtown Lakeland




TAMPA – Hill Ward Henderson is proud to announce that associate, Andrew E. “Andy” Peluso, has been selected as a member of the AMIkids Tampa Board of Trustees.

AMIkidsis a non-profit organization dedicated to helping youth develop into responsible and productive citizens. AMIkids’ mission is to protect public safety and positively impact as many youth as possible through the efforts of a diverse and innovative staff. AMIkids works in partnership with youth agencies, local communities, and families.

Founded in 1971, AMIkids Tampa is led by an Executive Director and volunteer board of local community leaders, ensuring its positive impact on the community and empowering kids to discover their potential, transform their lives, and strengthen the community.

Andy is an associate in the firm’s Real Estate Group where he focuses on real estate acquisition & development, real estate finance, and commercial leasing.

Hill Ward Henderson is a full-service law firm with multi-disciplinary practices. Headquartered in downtown Tampa, with more than 100 attorneys, the firm has a wide

range of local, regional and national clients. For additional information, please visit the firm’s website at www.hwhlaw.com.




Strickland Construction, Inc. Completes Renovation of Core Wealth Advisors

LAKELAND, FL (October 18, 2018)Strickland Construction, Inc. is pleased to announce completion of Core Wealth Advisors renovation project.  The project consisted of a 5,000 sq. ft. remodel located in the historic Colonial Building at 124 South Florida Avenue on the fourth floor.  When Core Wealth Advisors formed in 2013, they visited the Colonial Building with Bryce Philpot.  “We immediately saw the potential, but the timing just wasn’t right. We didn’t need that much space and there was no good way to divide it into multiple office spaces and keep the uniqueness of the layout” said Nathan Dunham, Vice President of Core Wealth Advisors.  Fast forward five years and Core Wealth Advisors has grown into the space and was elated the space was still available.  Core Wealth Advisors collaborated with The Lunz Group on the design.  “Brad Lunz and his team nailed the concept they envisioned.  Strickland Construction, Inc. was hired to bring the concept to a reality.  Mike Strickland and his crew executed it flawlessly, and we couldn’t be happier with the finished product” said Nathan Dunham.

Core Wealth Advisors provides financial and tax planning, asset protection consulting and wealth management services all in one place. Our process is simple – our firm believes you need to understand where you are before you know where you are going. If there is confusion and clutter in your financial life we will clean it up by developing, monitoring and updating your financial plan throughout your lifetime. This plan will be the flight plan we use for all future decisions. As you wind your way through life embracing tailwinds or navigating storms, your plan will be updated and revised on an as-needed basis to assure you are staying on the right path.

Strickland Construction, Inc. is licensed for commercial projects, both new construction and renovations throughout the state of Florida and has been doing business since 2001. We specialize in commercial construction, construction management and industrial projects. Our portfolio includes government, office, educational, medical and retail projects.